LOOK: Dad carries sick child as toppled posts trap ambulance


Posted at Sep 15 2018 05:26 PM | Updated as of Sep 16 2018 01:11 AM

A father carries his sick child as they transfer to another car, after their ambulance reached an impassable area blocked by toppled electric posts along a highway in Cagayan province on Saturday. Ted Aljibe, Agence France Presse

MANILA - A father had no choice but to carry his child and transfer to another car after their ambulance got trapped on a highway between electric posts toppled by strong winds brought by Typhoon Ompong (international name: Mangkhut) in Cagayan province Saturday.

The photo by news agency Agence France-Presse has captured the hearts of netizens and drew calls for the government to replace electric posts with underground wiring.

People who commented on the now-viral image have prayed for the child's recovery and his family's safety. 

Ompong slammed into Baggao town in Cagayan at around 1:40 a.m., according to state weather bureau PAGASA.

The strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year, Ompong continues to move west northwest at a speed of 25 kilometers per hour, PAGASA said in its 2 p.m. weather update.

Ompong continues to pack maximum sustained winds of 170 kph and gusts of up to 260 kph. As of 1 p.m., the typhoon's center was spotted at 85 kms west of Laoag City, Ilocos Norte.

It has also claimed its first two victims, as the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NRRMC) confirmed that the 2 fatalities were disaster responders from the Cordillera region.

At least 5 landslides have been recorded in Baguio City alone since early Saturday Morning.

Public Works Secretary Mark Villar said clearing operations in the region are already underway.

"Mayroon na kaming (We already have) prepositioned na heavy equipment," he said.

He added that the public may expect several closed roads in Northern Luzon to be reopened later Saturday.

Ompong is expected to be out of the Philippine area of responsibility by early Sunday morning, state weather bureau PAGASA said.